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A Marine's Iraq Experiences

Published 2005

Marine artillery sergeant Joel Oyer initially supported the war as he entered Iraq with the 2003 invasion force. He tells of his gradual disillusionment with the war and the continuing occupation.

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Run time 28:30
Producer Eric Herter
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Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English
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Reviewer: smacdon2012 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2014
Subject: remarkable meditation on war American style
I cannot be sarcastic or flippant about this short documentary. The speaker is expressing honest and vivid experiences about his involvement in the Iraq invasion. This war was the war Bush Sr. said would kick the Vietnam syndrome in the butt. But history just isn't so simple. Now we have an Iraq war syndrome, and a whole national institution of denial. Thanks to Herter and Marine artillery sergeant Joel Oyer for this. What an eye opener.
Reviewer: wishiwashere - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2014
Subject: Insightful
This is a poignant video from a very insightful, articulate, intelligent young man. The transition of his viewpoint from one of feeling that we were doing a good thing by "liberating" the people of Iraq from a life of oppression by a cruel despot and, in a way, "gifting" them with the opportunity to have a democratic government, to realizing that the Bush administration had ulterior motives in the hostile takeover of Iraq,and that by doing so,has left the Iraqi people in a worse predicament than before we went swooping down on them like a big old bird from hell. I'd like to know what he thinks now, in 2014, about what has transpired in Iraq & Afghanistan, and how our own country has gone to hell in a handbasket. I'd really be interested in seeing more videos like this and it's too bad the website associated with this video is no longer operating.
Reviewer: jerrymeetshu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2012
Subject: a true and honest look at why- Iraq
The Marine, Joel O. is truly a honest and clear thinking American. Thanks for his testimony of what he has witnessed firsthand!
Reviewer: Pleonic - favorite - November 12, 2011
Subject: Closed
FYI, is no longer on the air.
Reviewer: USMC Brat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2007
Subject: I was in the Marines
and it was hell. Especially with knowing all the crap that was going on with the 'deciders'. My commander constantly beat this one kid in our platoon. It was disgusting and I couldn't do anything about it.
Reviewer: your dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2007
Subject: this is what your fucking country is.
italy is so much better. the cows for example.
fuck the USA

viva gli stati uniti d'america
I love the USA
I love Bush
I love mass-destruction weapons
I need a weapon
play HALO
the USA its the yeah FUCK yeah COOL super CHILLED drink to serve in a cool cold night.
the thing is.
in italy you have better cows than in the USA.
have you ever noticed that GOD doesn't exist?
i mean.
ever ever?
i mean, have you ever asked yourself why they NEVER FuCkiNG showed you the airplane crashing at the pentagon?
cause I mean, the USA has better chicken that italy does, but well, what about the milk? eh! UH"! they're from the amazing cows we've got.
plus, why is my ass burning? cause we italian, we dont clean ourselves.
plus , how many world's cup have you won? uh?
we ITALIAN have got 4, FOUR you bitches ZERO NONE 0
do you know who maradona was? he played in ITALIA NAPOLI TERRONIA. and this is no joke, im saying some serious shit here. plus. my penis is short. real short.. and i never had sex in my life, and im 21 years old, isnt that cute?
plus, and, then.
god bless the USA!
Reviewer: mr_loophead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2007
Subject: whaddya know - more truth from the source.
we need to see more interviews of the men and women who have been directly involved with the war - to get their side of the story.

Then, perhaps the pro-war folk in America (who believe that Iraq is being 'liberated' by the USA) will see that war is never a good thing; it is the product of fear and anger....which creates an equal reaction from not only the 'liberated' people but from many others who believe that countries should NOT be pushing their power on others.
Reviewer: normaIkid - favoritefavorite - May 27, 2006
Subject: yeh..
the war was a stupid idea... i mean.. WE THOUGHT THEY HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. im not saying they dont but.. unless evil aliens hijaked they nukes and bio chemical weps or evil minions of hell came and stole them for armegeddon. i really doubt they do. the Iraq War was a flaw in intelligence,stupidity, and/or dumb revenge.

PS i dont blame them failing. its kinda hard to win when u actually have to aim EXTREMELY CAREFUL. you basically cant use any heavy tanks, artilllary, or anything that blow up more that 1 square feet.Also when there a truck going 60 miles per hour packed with a ton of explosives its kinda scary.

PSS.. i mean msot of the terroists and insurgents dont even come from iraq..
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